99.5% of nurses vote to authorize strikes at 2 Northwell Health hospitals

Nurses at the two facilities say they want better pay and a better patient-to-nurse ratio.

News 12 Staff

Feb 2, 2024, 10:25 AM

Updated 134 days ago


Hundreds of nurses at two Long Island hospitals have voted to authorize a strike, but they are not walking off the job just yet.
A total of 99.5% of nurses voted to authorize strikes at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream and Peconic Bay Medical Center.
Negotiators can call for a strike if they cannot reach a deal with Northwell Health.
Nurses at the two facilities say they want better pay and a better patient to nurse ratio.
Northwell Health tells News 12 they have met with union leaders multiple times and are bargaining in good faith.
If a strike is called, the union has to give the hospital 10 days notice.
Statement from Northwell Health:
"Peconic Bay Medical Center and LIJ Valley Stream leadership has met with the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) for several sessions since starting negotiations in in the Fall and will continue to bargain in good faith to reach a fair successor contract to their bargaining agreements that expired on Dec. 31, 2023. Our goal is to reach an agreement that continues to provide our valued nurses and allied professionals with competitive compensation and benefits and ensures a safe, supportive working environment that enables them to provide exceptional care that our patients and community have come to trust. We remain optimistic that an agreement can be reached and look forward to positive and productive ongoing negotiations."

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